Gospel thought for Saturday 17th April Easter Feria

Gospel – John 6:16-21

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus’ walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

The Gospel of the Lord

The Mass Intention at Noon is Philip Plant RIP

and the Mass at 5.pm is for Roy Aruldass RIP


The Lake of Galilee knows sudden changes –from calm seas to treacherous waves. Jesus uses this event to challenge the terrified disciples to trust him more. His presence and words turn the tide once again for them.

Lord, the boat of my life is sometimes plunged into despair by dark events in our Church and in our world. Then my faith is tested, and I sense your absence. Grant me the grace to hang on in faith.

Here we see a characteristic of Jesus: he keeps his disciples in view, not only when things are going well, but when conditions are stormy. Lord, help me trust that you will never let me out of your sight, and watch over the Christian community as it labours along. 

  • Today I can take as my mantra your promise, ‘It is I; do not be afraid’!